Mainstream goth punk icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a valley girl voiced vampire persona created during the 1980s by Los Angeles KHJ-TV "Movie Macabre" hostess Cassandra Wilson. In 1987, Rhino released Haunted Hits, the first of three Elvira Halloween compilation albums. This grab bag of theatrically overbearing routines is most likely to amuse teenagers and drunk people, or more specifically drunken teenagers. It will however come in handy for regular folks of all ages who wish to throw Halloween theme parties that have nothing whatsoever to do with the authentic traditional cultural roots of Halloween (as in ancestor reverence) or the Day of the Dead as celebrated throughout Spain and Latin America. This campy to corny compilation briefly taps into Afro-American culture (Screamin' Jay Hawkins and LaVern Baker), twisted hipster goofiness (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), and classic '50s-'60s pop culture (the Marketts, the Five Blobs, Sheb Wooley's "Purple People Eater," Vic Mizzy's "Addams Family Theme") as well as topical rock from Alice Cooper, the Cramps, and Oingo Boingo. The last of 17 tracks is performed by Elvira herself, kitschy and overbearing as ever.
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